Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate

University Training Partners and California State University, Dominguez Hills

University Training Partners has developed a 3-course, 32-module Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program, now offered through a partnership with CSUDH. Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a proven, project-driven strategy to improve quality, increase customer satisfaction and deliver bottom line results. The LSS approach has been successfully implemented in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, banking, hospitality, retail, higher education, and government.

The LSS Black Belt program consists of 32 self-paced learning modules offered across three courses. The format consists of video presentations, graded assignments, module quizzes, and live weekly office hours led by the instructor. Successful candidates must earn required points on assignments, earn at least 80% on module quizzes, and complete a real-world Six Sigma project to receive passing credit and the Six Sigma Black Belt certificate.

Program Description

In this LSS Black Belt program, students will gain in depth knowledge of leadership tools used to guide project teams, learn a wide variety of statistical methods to analyze quality data, and put their learning into practice with a real world Six Sigma project conducted at their workplace. Students will perform analysis and apply Six Sigma tools using a hospitality industry case study. Upon successful completion of the three-modules in this program, students will earn their Black Belt Certificate.

The three-course sequence is self-paced with weekly live instructor office hours. Features of the program include:

  • Modules on the Six Sigma philosophy, DMAIC methodology, graphical analysis tools, team dynamics, voice of the customer, training techniques and Lean tools
  • Modules on descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, multiple linear regression, design of experiments, and statistical process control
  • Instructional videos with companion course guides
  • Minitab statistical software required; limited license available
  • Hospitality industry case study
  • Excel spreadsheet with templates
  • Graded assignments
  • Quizzes which can be retaken until a successful passing score of 80% is attained
  • Weekly live online office hours

Program topics include:

  • Reviewing Six Sigma
  • Launching Projects
  • Capturing the Voice of the Customer
  • Choosing Metrics
  • Leading Teams
  • Managing Projects
  • Mapping & Graphing Data
  • Finding Root Causes
  • Implementing Lean
  • Calculating Lean Metrics
  • Training Employees
  • Designing for Six Sigma
  • Closing the Project
  • Descriptive Statistics & Graphical Analysis
  • Probability
  • Discrete Probability Distributions
  • Continuous Probability Distributions
  • Hypothesis Tests & Confidence Intervals
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Correlation & Regression
  • Multiple Linear Regression & Logistic Regression
  • Design of Experiments
  • Control Charts
  • Process Capability
  • Project Selection
  • Define Tollgate
  • Measure Tollgate
  • Analyze Tollgate
  • Improve Tollgate
  • Control Tollgate

Course Instructor

Dr. Mary McShane-Vaughn is the founder of University Training Partners, a company that develops and delivers Lean Six Sigma training for corporations and universities. Over the past eleven years she has enthusiastically trained more than 1200 Yellow, Green and Black Belts in Six Sigma techniques.

Mary earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University in Michigan. She is author of The Probability Handbook, The Probability Workbook, and Lean Six Sigma Leadership, and co-author of The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook. Dr. McShane-Vaughn holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer.

Schedule and Pricing

NBQA 992 | Leadership Tools for Black Belts

Dates: September 28–December 21, 2022. There will be live Zoom office hours each Wednesday from 5:30–6:30 pm PT, or by appointment. 
Fee: $1,699 (single course)
Course Number: 43507

NBQA 993 | Statistical Analysis for Black Belts

Dates: September 28–December 21, 2022. There will be live Zoom office hours each Wednesday from 5:30–6:30 pm PT, or by appointment. 
Fee: $1,699 (single course)
Course Number: 43508

NBQA 994 | Black Belt Project Capstone

Dates: TBA
Fee: $499 (single course)
Course Number: TBA

Course Materials

Students will be required to purchase the course companion textbooks from amazon.com, each approximately costing $44.99. A user license from Minitab is required for the Statistical Analysis class. If you do not currently have access to Minitab, a discounted limited Minitab license agreement can be purchased for an additional $450.

A bronze SSBB certificate will be issued for completion of either the leadership or statistics courses. A silver SSBB certificate will be issued for completion of both the leadership and statistics courses. A gold SSBB certificate will be issued for completion of all three courses.

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Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process. When you're ready to register, call 310-243-3741 (Option 1) during business hours.

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